Setting a Neutral Winter Tablescape

As I got ready to write this post which includes my bleached pinecones, I was quite concerned with spelling ‘pinecone’ or ‘pine cone’ correctly. Turns out, that pine cone and pinecone are both an open and closed compound word. Seems that either one are acceptable. So…now you know too!

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When you have pinecone embossed chargers and dishes, pinecones seem to be an easy theme for a winter tablescape. The chargers were Better Homes and Gardens from Walmart several years ago. The dishes were from Target, again, from several years ago.

This turned out to be quite a stark tablescape, but not everything has to be lush and colorful. There is ample room on this tabletop for lots of steaming hot dishes to warm up the tables and our tummies!

The pinecone themed plates and chargers were topped with brown linen napkins knotted with a little raffia. Ikea wood handled flatware was a natural (pun intended) choice to complement to the table.

When it came to stemware I was a little more challenged. This is such a casual table, I decided to go with simple glass tumblers in seagrass sleeves.

As with most tablescapes the centerpiece is the star of the show. This simple centerpiece was styled with a pair of wood slices that were topped with bleached pinecones, dried grasses and some raffia knots.

This could easily be changed to be a lush tablescape with the addition of long needled pine boughs. Use brown kraft paper as a runner to keep in the neutral vein.

To capture the true beauty of this centerpiece I had to get in close. This is an unedited photo to show you how pretty the bleached pinecones are. They are almost a golden color. You can put this centerpiece together with items found in nature. Think about acorns or seed pods. I just added the wood slabs which I picked up at a thrift store, but can be found on Amazon.

Want to know how I bleached the pinecones? Come on by on Thursday for the DIY!

Shop my table:

Paper runner
Pinecones (can be gathered from nature also)
Pinecone dishes
Seagrass sleeved tumblers
Wood handled flatware
Wood slices

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  1. I do not leave a lot of comments, but I do love your videos on You Tube. I have made several arrangements and door swags since I started watching you! Love your instruction and style!

  2. Chloe,
    How long have you collected all your decorations for your decorating? And where do you keep all of them?
    Love everything you show us!
    keep up the good work!

    1. Oh my, Jean, I have been collecting decorations for years…many years! I have a couple of big storage closets and some storage above the cars in the garage, but I don’t keep everything, I try and sell things I think I will no longer use. Thank you for your kind complements!

  3. What a lovely change of pace from the typical cool tones I’ve grown accustomed to using in the winter. Now you have my wheels turning Chloe, thanks for the inspiration and this table is gorgeous!

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